Iowa’s offense finally strikes in 27-0 rout of Nevada

Literally, severe weather in the Iowa City area prompted an 80-minute delay. Then after 12 minutes of warmups and nine minutes of football, a 110-minute delay ensued.

Play resumed shortly before midnight. After one play — a dropped pass from Nevada on third-and-22 — a third 46-minute lightning delay happened.

Metaphorically, Iowa (2-1) had a flash of lightning from its previously-quiet offense Saturday en route to a definitive 27-0 win over the Nevada Wolf Pack in a game that lasted about seven hours.

It didn’t take long for Iowa’s offense to strike, scoring as many points in the first quarter of Saturday’s win as in its first two games combined.

“Everything just clicked today,” wide receiver Arland Bruce IV said.Iowa first scored with a 40-yard touchdown run from true freshman

“He got a little bit of daylight and knew what to do with that,” Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said. “That’s for sure.”

Then later in the first quarter, Iowa had a four-play, 41-yard touchdown drive that ended with quarterback Spencer Petras’ first touchdown pass of the year

Iowa’s defense preserved its largest lead of 2022 with ease, not giving up any points while giving several younger players opportunities in the fourth quarter.

The closest the Wolf Pack came to scoring was when an Iowa offside penalty set up a 57-yard field goal attempt, but the kick from Brandon Talton was wide right.

Nevada quarterback Shane Illingworth was 14-for-28 for 82 yards and an interception. The Wolf Pack’s rushing attack averaged just 1.9 yards per carry.

Iowa will begin Big Ten play next week at Rutgers before playing host to reigning Big Ten champion Michigan. It needs to go 4-5 in its conference slate to be eligible for a bowl.